Getting pregnant

If you've decided you're ready to start a family, find out how to get pregnant and some of the lifestyle changes that might help you.

You've probably spent your adult life so far trying to avoid getting pregnant, so it may come as a surprise that it might not be as easy as throwing away the condoms. A woman is fertile – able to get pregnant – for just a few days in each menstrual cycle after an egg is released from an ovary. We have all the information you need to help you when trying for baby.

But first, are you ready to conceive? Read our top tips for getting ready to conceive.

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    How conception works

    For the best chance of getting pregnant, you need to get your fertile eggs and your partner's sperm together as often as possible.

  • An ovulation calculator

    Ovulation calculator

    Each woman's menstrual cycle is different, so getting to know your body better can improve your chances of conception.

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  • An ovulation calculator

    Ovulation calculator

    Each woman's menstrual cycle is different, so getting to know your body better can improve your chances of conception.

  • A pregnancy test drawn in white chalk on a blackboard.

    Getting pregnant FAQs

    Frequently asked questions about conception.

  • Happy couple.

    Top tips for conception

    If you've decided you're ready to start a family, find out more about getting your pregnancy off to the best start.

  • A happy couple.

    How conception works

    For the best chance of getting pregnant, you need to get your fertile eggs and your partner's sperm together as often as possible.

  • A packet of the contraceptive pill.

    Stopping contraception

    You might be keen to get on with it, but you need to think about how best to stop contraception, and how it will affect your plans. You might also want to talk to your family planning clinic or doctor to find out what’s best for you.

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    Are you ready to conceive?

    Follow these simple steps to make sure that your body is in the best condition for conception. If you have stopped using contraception you could be pregnant at any time.

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    Male fertility

    It takes two to make a baby. We’ve put together some useful tips for making super sperm and giving you the best chance of making a healthy baby.

  • Woman stretching.

    The benefits of exercise for conception

    Being fit and healthy is an advantage if you're thinking about starting or adding to your family.

  • Mum and baby.

    Conception and genetics

    Your baby's characteristics will come from genes inherited from both parents.

  • How will I know when I am pregnant?

    How do you know when you're pregnant? If you've been trying for a baby, there are a few ways to find out whether you're expecting.

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